Ask Deepak: How to Survive Depression Without Using Antidepressants
— Debbie F., Acworth, Georgia
Before I answer your question, let me say something. I thought long and hard about mentioning the new findings on antidepressants. It was only because they are public knowledge that I wrote my article. My intention wasn't to take away hope, but quite the opposite. I was addressing the 50 percent of patients who don't get relief from their condition and, in particular, the ones with mild to moderate depression.
You are in a different category of severe depression, and here the results of drug therapy have been more positive. I deeply sympathize with your situation, and I encourage you to keep getting professional help. Chronic severe depression requires the best that medicine can offer, both conventional and alternative.
Now, your question is about how to deal with setbacks, being knocked down every time you try to get back up. You are in the same condition as someone in shock from an auto accident. You feel confused, depressed, afraid and deeply hurt. These are real conditions that must heal of their own accord. They take time and patience. Given what you have gone through, your depression might even be called normal. That isn't a call anyone can make without seeing you personally.
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Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.